How to help

FISH food bank building project

Donations are being sought to help the FISH food bank building project. The four locations in Hood River County now serve more than 400 families each month, and a new facility is needed that allows clients to wait out of the rain, is handicapped accessible, and where volunteers can efficiently and safely stock and store food with adequate food storage.

For more info call 541-490-1470 or visit fish-food-bank.com. Building contributions can be sent to FISH, 1767 12th St., #147, Hood River, OR 97031.

Parkhurst House Senior Living Community

Do you have an open heart and some extra time? Parkhurst House is seeking volunteers who will spend a little time with its residents doing activities that you both enjoy, such as playing cards, exercise, singing, playing a musical instrument, watching movies, scrapbooking, sewing/cross-stitching, religious studies, playing bingo, cooking, reading books, giving manicures, facials or massages, gardening, storytelling, poetry reading, playing sports or board games.

To volunteer call Parkhurst House at 541-387-4600. Parkhurst is located at 2450 May St., Hood River.

Yarn sought for Hat Project

The Hat Project at Parkhurst House Assisted Living is seeking donations of yarn. The group of residents who make up The Hat Project get together and use their knitting, crocheting and looming skills to make hats to be given to local Hood River groups in need.

In order to meet its goal of making 100 hats, the group is gratefully accepting donations of yarn of any color, weight or blend, in any amount.

Donations may be dropped of at Parkhurst House, 2450 May St., Hood River. For more information contact Terri Hansen at 541-387-4600.

Next Door seeks foster parents

The Next Door Inc. provides care and treatment for children and teens ranging in age from 4-18. Most of the children’s lives have been broken in some way, resulting in emotional and behavioral instability.

The children and teens receive a life-changing opportunity by being a part of NDI’s treatment programs. The children served by NDI need homes in our community in order for them to participate in NDI programs. Professional foster parents give the children a place to call home, a safe and loving environment to stay while they work on restoring their lives.

NDI foster parents are able to be a huge part of helping children and teens restore their lives, in hopes that these young people can grow to be successful members of society. Without the dedication from past, current and future foster parents, NDI would not be able to help children and youth make these beneficial life changes.

The Next Door Inc. employs a huge team of very skilled professionals; these people all working together to help change lives. NDI is expanding and is in desperate need for Wasco and Hood River county residents to become professional foster parents.

For details contact Christopher Lampien, program coordinator/foster parent recruiter, at christopherl@nextdoorinc.org or 541-296-8118, ext. 211.

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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge



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